Monday, December 12, 2011
Even though this isn't technically strictly a book blog anymore, I thought I'd review a book I read that was simply fantastic.
This book was so good! I simply adored it. Having read Maureen Johnson before, I knew that this book would be well-written, but I was still a bit wary because it was a 'paranormal book' and I am usually not a fan of paranormal books. However, this one was simply fantastic! Rory is a Southern girl who has the opportunity to go to boarding school in East End. As she arrives, a copycat Jack the Ripper murder occurs with all of London catching Rippermania. Just like with the original murders in 1888, there is little evidence and few suspects After a near death experience, Rory can see ghosts, including the murderer.
Okay, so it may sound like your typical hookey paranormal book, but I promise you it is not. It has Maureen Johnson's humor, and is packed with fascinating plot. One of the traits of a great author is the ability to write in multiple genres and write them well and Maureen Johnson does that. Definitely an auto-recommend.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I kid. But yeah, I have goals. I'm going to post them one at time because I get into detail about them.
Goal 1: Read More
Since starting college, I've been busy with life and school, and when I am not doing school, I am relaxing with the internet. And Netflix. Especially when they put How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. That will be the end of my college career.
But in order to read 50 books this year, I need to read 6 more this month. Thankfully, I have them picked out.
- These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
- The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
- away Laughing on A Fast Camel by Louisa Rennison
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Mind you, this list could change. Except the first three. I'm already reading the first two, and I've been so excited to read Maureen Johnson's new book for quite some time. Plus, I'm an English Ed major. I always need to read more.
Tomorrow I'll post about my second goal. Stay Beautiful!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I did not read much in November but I did read Geek Girls Unite by Leslie Simon. And it was really interesting. Helped me to embrace my inner geek. And I have several inner geeks. Probably why I spend most of my time on the computer. I'm currently reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. It's pretty funny, but I've been busy with school.
As far as tv goes, I've definitely obsessed with How I Met Your Mother, especially since they put it on Netflix last week. Like, I literally watch it as I do other things. Like my speech which I failed. And studying. And now. Earlier this month, I was watching Gossip Girl which I also enjoyed despite not reading the books.
I tried to do NaNoWriMo this year, but that was an epic fail in case you hadn't guessed I just got busy and it turned out i'm not a good fairy tale writer. I'm much more inclined to write contemporary, if I ever have a not cliche idea. Being creative is hard.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
But seriously. I have my main plot outlined. The first seven chapters have very detailed outlines. i know where everyone is going and when they are going there. I know my characters lives. For example, Amira is an only child. Peter is the oldest of four and is more like his uncle than his father. Finn has an older brother who his parents praise as perfect. Finn and Peter are friends due to their dislike of snobbery. Amira and peter have been friends for as long as they can remember which is why Amira knows that Eva isn't right for Peter. Finn also knows this, but he also knows other things about Eva because they are cousins. Abbott wrestles with guilt over his daughter every day. When the truth comes out, it is more of a relief to him than his wife. The kingdom is on the brink of ruin and revolution if the prince doesn't get his act together quick. Romance blooms and romance dies. I'm excited to start. i'm trying not to start in advance.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I really, really don't care. I'm not pro banning books, but I fail to see why we need to make a big deal about it. I could understand banned books day, but a week is just a little excessive. Plus, all these books get famous for being banned, not for having high quality material. Like Twilight. Really guys? We're going to promote Twilight as banned book? As if everyone hasn't already read it. Most of the banned books are read in school for English class, hence the reason they rushed into the limelight to be banned. I'm looking at you, The Sun Also Rises, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Catcher and the Rye, The Great Gatsby, 1984, The Color Purple, The Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, just to a few. Some have sex in them. Some have violence in them. Some have sex and violence in them. It's pretty much the same with television.
Also, they sometimes ban books so that you will actually read them. Funny story, they banned Silas Marner so that the teens would actually read it. And guess what? They did.
Reading a banned book does not make you cool or rebellious. Especially since it probably isn't banned in your area. Are you doing something against the law? No. Reading makes you cool, kids. No matter what you are reading.
Friday, July 22, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
1. The Heroes of Olympus Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 01-04
2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter 01-05
3. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci 01-06
4. Ophelia by Lisa Klein 01-12
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all the small stuff by Richard Carlson, phd 01-13
6. Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas: The Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison 01-14
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 01-15
8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 01-24
9. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 01-28
10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 02-12
11. The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry 02-12
12. Deerskin by Robin McKinley 02-19
13. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle 02-19
14. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle 02-21
15. Many Waters by Madeleine l’Engle 02-24
16. Persuasion by Jane Austen 02-25
17. The Darcys Give a Ball by Elizabeth Newark 02-26
18. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley 03-01
19. Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte (April)
20. The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip (April)
21. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (April)
22. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (May 07)
23. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler (May 08)
24. Jane by April Lindner ( May 12)
25. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (May 13)
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
One thing that makes this book different from the story is we get to see Beauty's life, and while Beauty's life does consume the book somewhat. This is not in a bad way, just with a lot of back story into her life and just exactly why she goes to the castle. However, because of this the story is a bit slow. This is no doubt due to the fact most readers know the story and know how it ends, so there is no real need for a fast-paced plot. Even though it was not really action-packed, it is still a short read.
All of the books characters are believable, and all of them are lovable. Even though Beauty describes her sisters beautiful and herself as plain, there isn't any real animosity between them. There is no evil stepmother or stepsister, or brother-in-law.
Personally, I enjoyed this book. I love McKinley's writing style. This is one of her earlier works, but in the young adult section probably because Beauty is a teenager. However, I think children and adults can both enjoy this book. Interestingly enough, I found this book on a list of books that college-bound students should read. I would be inclined to agree, but McKinley has numerous other works as well that are worth reading. I'd recommend it to people who enjoy fairytales and really just most people in general.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This book is a spin-off Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice. For those of you who haven't read P&P, you should go put it on hold at your local library and read it. It's excellent.
This book takes place well after the events of Jane Austen's novel. Elizabeth and Darcy have had children and they have entered into society as have Jane and Bingley's children, Charolette and Mr. Collins' children, and every other characters children. It also references other works by Jane Austen. The Darcys decided to give a ball for all the children to enjoy. Betrothals and dancing ensues.
This book probably won't be on any list of great literature, though Austen spin off is? It's a quick read and is cute. There's less a focus on Darcy and Elizabeth and more focus on their children and the other children. Charolette does get quite a bit of attention, though. The plot mostly consists of the ball, characters are fairly static, but they're cute. Overall, if you're looking for something with depth, go reread Jane Austen. But if you're looking for something cute and light to read with a happy ending, then look no further.
I love books. Let's start!
Beauty By Robin McKinley
This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Good so far.
Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte
Reading this for two reasons: the movie is coming out in the spring and I love reading classic literature.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Reading it on my laptop. I had to read it before junior year and could not get through. I'm giving Huck a second chance.